Sandra O'Connell
  • Touch me

    I touch things. Feel. Pet. Caress. I connect with my hands. My arms. My lips. My feet.

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  • Voluntourism exposes Guatemala’s soul

    My first impression of Guatemala was one that made my eyes leak. The glassy ripple of a lake shimmered across my pupils as I witnessed a surprise homecoming at Guatemala City airport.

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  • Short Story: Lust

    Lust was unpredictable. Her lust had its big bang somewhere between 1992 and 1994. She didn’t know its name at the time. Only that it was hungry.

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  • Short Story: When the breeze comes

    Last November, I entered the Canada Writes Short Story competition. My entry didn't make the long list, but I thought I'd share it here.

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Ramblings

Shock vs Shush

By On August 18, 2016

There have been leaping jellybeans inside me. They made me move in ways I’ve never bent before. They made my heart ba-boom to the stars and back. They clenched my lungs into… Read More

Havana
Ramblings

Havana Journal part two

By On June 12, 2016

There are places you go, you travel, that just graze the skin. You’re there and you see and you enjoy but you’re never really inside the place and the place is never… Read More

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Ramblings

Havana Journal part one

By On June 5, 2016

I found a Cuban coin in my purse today. And I wore sandals still coated with Havana’s streets. It’s been a month since I returned. And I swear there’s still dust in… Read More

Eighteen
Ramblings

Mathematics

By On April 19, 2016

I’m going steady with the number 18. It began on the adolescent sentimentality (read: unhealthy obsession) of a first kiss occurring on the 18th of February, 1994. From that moment on, I… Read More

La Vie Parisienne
Portfolio

A Literary Secret in Chinatown

By On April 2, 2016

Originally published on the Vancouver Sun blog on December 8, 2015. I like secrets. I know you do too. The kind that bubble under your skin, aching to burst out, and pop… Read More

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Portfolio

Undressing Madonna

By On October 20, 2015

Originally published at The Vancouver Sun blog on October 15, 2015 I couldn’t sleep last night. All my thoughts were pulsating, engorged, juicy. It was too hot. I had goosebumps. I was… Read More